Zelophehad’s Daughters in Joshua 17 – Zelophehad’s daughters in Joshua 17:4 weren’t telling Joshua and Eleazar what to do, just reminding them of a promise already made. This is how God works too. He wants us to remind him of his promises and to claim them for ourselves.
God Keeps His Promises – The recurring theme throughout Joshua is an appeal to fulfill promises made by God and his representatives. Rahab, the Gibeonites, Caleb, Zelophehad’s daughters, Joshua, the Levites, and then the eastern 2 1/2 tribes claimed their respective promises. Joshua 21:45
I tweet to 4-5 of my Twitter followers every morning for warm fuzzies. I call these my “blessing tweets.” It’s a way for me to acknowledge people I’m connected to and let them know that I appreciate them. I don’t have a plan as to which followers are included on any particular tweet, and I schedule them about a month in advance, so I have no way to tell what might be going on in people’s lives on the day of the tweet.
One morning, my blessing tweet essentially said, “May God make good things come your way,” addressed to four people. What I didn’t know was that the mother of one of those four people would pass away the night before the tweet would be posted. He replied to me,
“I just wanted to thank you for tagging me in a post today. Last night my mother went to be with the Lord, and this was a real pick me up.”
I had nothing to do with the timing of this tweet. It was God, and God alone, who determined that it would be sent today. There’s more going on in spiritual dimensions than we can ever know, and God’s timing is rarely ours. It’s why faith in the face of adversity is so important. God always has a plan. It’s our job to keep pushing ahead, and, no matter how bad our situation looks, we have to trust that He knows what He’s doing and that “all things work together for good to those who love God.”
This is an excerpt from George Washington’s personal prayer book.
Almighty God, and most merciful father, who didst command the children of Israel to offer a daily sacrifice to thee, that thereby they might glorify and praise thee for thy protection both night and day, receive, O Lord, my morning sacrifice which I now offer up to thee; I yield thee humble and hearty thanks that thou has preserved me from the danger of the night past, and brought me to the light of the day, and the comforts thereof, a day which is consecrated to thine own service and for thine own honor. Let my heart, therefore, Gracious God, be so affected with the glory and majesty of it, that I may not do mine own works, but wait on thee, and discharge those weighty duties thou requirest of me, and since thou art a God of pure eyes, and wilt be sanctified in all who draw near unto thee, who doest not regard the sacrifice of fools, nor hear sinners who tread in thy courts, pardon, I beseech thee, my sins, remove them from thy presence, as far as the east is from the west, and accept of me for the merits of thy son Jesus Christ, that when I come into thy temple, and compass thine altar, my prayers may come before thee as incense; and as thou wouldst hear me calling upon thee in my prayers, so give me grace to hear thee calling on me in thy word, that it may be wisdom, righteousness, reconciliation and peace to the saving of the soul in the day of the Lord Jesus. Grant that I may hear it with reverence, receive it with meekness, mingle it with faith, and that it may accomplish in me, Gracious God, the good work for which thou has sent it. Bless my family, kindred, friends and country, be our God & guide this day and for ever for his sake, who lay down in the Grave and arose again for us, Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.*
* William J. Johnson, George Washington, The Christian (New York: The Abingdon Press, 1919).